Thursday, May 9, 2013

Old Quilts and New

There are two almost identical quilts made by the Roebuck women in the mid 1800s.  The quilts are legendary in Australian quilting circles.  So much so that one of them made it on to the cover of the book "The Fabric of Society" written by Dr Annette Gero.

Her book contains a pattern of the quilt drawn up by another Australian quilting legend Kim McLean.
Consequently there are quite a few versions circling the country. 

 Here is one made by Lesli for her mother.  She pieced it entirely by hand and then decided to have it custom quilted. It looks good on the reverse too so take the time to click on the photo.

I was able to assist in the binding.  It was fussy cut so that the motif appears regularly down the edge of the quilt

Last weekend I went to the Eastwood quilt show.  Lots of inspiration from a very talented and prolific group.  Jenny Burton was selling her antique quilts and quilt tops.  I looked at the collection and wondered whether in a couple of decades my unfinished quilts will be hanging in similar circumstances.



Monica said...

Beautiful quilt! My husband just bought that book for me and I'm anxiously awaiting its arrival! I can't wait to read it.

Janet O. said...

The solution is, finish all your quilts! : )
And when you have yours all done, you can start on mine!

audrey said...

Gorgeous quilt and you're right, the quilting is incredible! I wonder about my finished but unquilted quilt tops too. Will my future grandkids make potholders out of them and sell them at a craft bazaar? lol

Every Stitch said...

It is a marvellous book - such a treat to look through! And that is a very nice quilt made by Lesli - beautifully quilted to complement the pattern.
Thanks for the pics.

Dawn said...

Lesli did a fabulous job reproducing her version! Lovely quilt to have finished - Love Annette's book.
I don't worry about unfinshed tops or projects. They will be lucky to end up with e dealer and for sale considering the alternatives.

Crispy said...

Interesting way to do a binding. It must have been very challenging but well worth it.